"The National Police Research Platform is funded by the National Institute of Justice to advance knowledge and practice in American policing though the systematic collection of data from police officers and police organizations. At the core of the Platform is a plan to follow the life course of new officers from their first day at the training academy until they leave the force. The Platform is designed to identify factors that influence officers over time, such as their background and personality characteristics, training experiences, peers, supervisors, job assignments and significant life events. Information on the life course of officers should be useful for guiding management and supervisory strategies pertaining to recruitment, training, retention, productivity, accountability and human services. At the street level, the data generated by the Platform should help enhance the health and welfare of young officers and increase the quality of police services to the community."